Male Athlete of the Week: Michael Paterson-Jones, freshman ice hockey player

The Beacon: Male Athlete of the Week Jan. 26 to Feb. 2 Why Michael Paterson-Jones was selected: Paterson-Jones notched 16 saves in a 5-2 victory over Chatham and 23 saves in his second-career shutout against No. 14 Stevenson to earn the UCHC Rookie of the Week and MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.


Male Athlete of the Week: Michael Patterson-Jones

Name: Michael Paterson-Jones

Year: Freshman

Major: Business Administration

Minor: Sports Psychology

Hometown: Baldwinsville, N.Y.

High School: C.W. Baker HS

Position: Goalie


Driving force for your decision to come to Wilkes?

 Getting the chance to be a part of a program that had such a high level of success in its first season was a tremendously special and exciting opportunity. The culture that Coach Hynes and Coach Riley built was impressive. Being able to play college hockey while getting an education has always been a dream of mine.

Post-graduation plans in terms of a career?

I would like to continue my hockey career and possibly play professionally overseas. The majority of my family lives in Europe, and I think it would be a great experience. After that, I would like to pursue a career in business and live a comfortable life.

Favorite building on campus?

Kirby Hall. The classrooms are very unique, and it’s a nice change from the usual classroom setting.

Hopes for this season as a Colonel?

My hope is that we carry our momentum from the regular season into playoffs. We have already achieved a lot of the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year, but we still have bigger goals in mind.

When/Why did you first begin playing?

When my parents first immigrated to the U.S., they lived in Pittsburgh. This is where my dad fell in love with the game. As soon and my brother and I were old enough, he had us give it a try because, growing up in South Africa, he never had the chance to play. 

Favorite thing to do during practice?

Competition and game simulation drills.

Other interests or hobbies off of the ice? 

I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I am also really big into music, and I play guitar and piano.

Most influential person(s) in your life?

My parents. It’s not fair to just pick one when they have both been so instrumental in making me the person I am today. I am able to pursue my dream of playing college hockey and continuing my education knowing that they will be right there supporting me every step of the way. 


If you could have dinner with a famous person, who would it be? 

Alan Watts. I think it would be  interesting to see what he has to say about the state of the world now. 

Favorite professor? 

Dr. Charnetski. I loved his Psych 101 class, and I am now minoring in sports psychology as a result. 

Favorite meal to eat on campus?

Something from the pasta bar at the SUB with some ice cream for dessert.

A quote you live your life by? 

“Be better than you are. Set a goal that seems unattainable, and when you reach that goal, set another one even higher.” – Herb Brooks

What does “Be Colonel” mean to you?

“Be Colonel” means doing the right things in the classroom, the rink and in the community.

Anyone to give a shout-out to?

My friends and family back home.

-Compiled by Kirsten Peters, Co-Sports Editor